Sigiriya Day Tour

Departure time : 7.00AM
Place of Departure : Colombo/Negombo
Destination : Sigiriya

Can Include the below places!

1 : The Dambulla Rock Cave Buddhist Temple.

Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.

Sinhalese people call it as ‘ Dambulu Gala’ ( Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ‘ Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple)..

2 : Sigiriya’s “Lion Rock” palace/fortress

The story of Sigiriya is one of vision, grandeur, beauty and tragedy unparalleled in Sri Lankan history. Built 1,600 years ago, it burst briefly into pre-eminence with breathtaking architecture and art and then quickly faded away into oblivion and was soon forgotten. Few historic sites in the world have such an interesting tale to tell as that of Sigiriya.

The story of Sigiriya is the tale of King Kasyapa who ruled between 477 and 495AD. A troubled but visionary king; Kasyapa murdered his father by plastering him up in a wall. Rejected by his people for his crime and tormented by guilt and fear he abandoned his magnificent capital of Anuradhapura and fled deep in the forests of central Sri Lanka. There in an area dominated by a menacing black column of rock 600 feet high he built himself a new capital resplendent with lush gardens, palaces and pavilions.

3 : The former capital city of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, which was plundered, made desolate and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India.

The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the Topa Wewa Lake, or Parakrama Samudraya (the Sea of Parakrama), built by King Parakramabahu I (1153-86), whose reign was Polonnaruwa‘s golden age.

4 : Spice Garden visit

Sri Lanka has long been renowned for its spices. Since ancient times, traders from all over the world who came to Sri Lanka brought their native cuisines to the island, resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques. Sri Lankan people use spices liberally in their dishes and typically do not follow an exact recipe.

Visit the spice garden, on the road from the Cultural Triangle to the Hill Country. Here you will learn about Fragrant clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper, and many other favourites such as chocolate and vanilla.
(NB. All 3 sites can be combined in a rather long day (7am to 7pm) – though most omit Polonnaruwa on this day trip.)

5 : “The Rose Quartz” mountain

Deep within Dambulla lies the oldest garden in the country, Namal Uyana, and the largest Rose Quartz Mountain Range in South Asia. It is said to have been declared a Human Sanctuary by King Dappula in the 10th century AD, as inscribed at the entrance to the forest. Trees here are believed to have been planted by those who sought refuge here, which subsequently transformed into a vast plantation of Iron Wood. The forest also offers a fascinating trek through the deep Naa Tree (country’s National Tree) jungle.

In addition to the unique biodiversity of the forest, it is also geologically significant due to the Rose Quartz mountain range, believed to be over 500 million years old. Quartz deposits in the shades of rose, violet and white can be found here.

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